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Information Agents for Competitive Market Monitoring in Production Chains

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 599-606 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8387)
Authors:   Gerhard Schiefer and Melanie Fritz
Keywords:   Information Systems, Information Agents, Agrifood Industry, Production Chains

The internet and the information available on it provide a new source for competitive market monitoring of agrifood companies. Intelligent information agents that scan the internet for relevant information and aggregate it into an information service offer the possibility to automate the process of monitoring relevant online sources and capturing significant content for decision makers. The combination of information agents for sector-specific information search on the internet with filtering techniques for enterprise-focused information retrieval from the search results provides an efficient information system alternative for agrifood sectors with small and medium-sized enterprises. Ongoing research deals with the formulation of appropriate search directives for the agents and the differentiation of appropriate filter templates for information retrieval.

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